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Largest Welfare Programs: 596th Most Developed: 833rd Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 840th
The Soviet Republic of
Left-wing Utopia
Doom to Capital
Nikolai Bukharin
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
World Benchmark

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Population4.188 billion

LeaderNikolai Bukharin

AnimalHoney Badger

The Soviet Republic of Vulga is a massive, environmentally stunning nation, ruled by Nikolai Bukharin with a fair hand, and remarkable for its free-roaming dinosaurs, sprawling nuclear power plants, and hatred of cheese. The compassionate, democratic, cheerful population of 4.188 billion Vulgans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The enormous, liberal, socially-minded, outspoken government juggles the competing demands of Education, Environment, and Welfare. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Volgograd. The average income tax rate is 98.7%.

The frighteningly efficient Vulgan economy, worth 802 trillion Vuls a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Information Technology industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing and Tourism. Average income is an impressive 191,696 Vuls, and distributed extremely evenly, with practically no difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume, banning party poppers has been a real party pooper, planespotters are emigrating in droves, and UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown. Vulga's national animal is the Honey Badger, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Vulga is ranked 3,251st in the world and 24th in The Communist Bloc for Largest Publishing Industry, scoring 20,114.91 on the Bella Potter Productivity e-Index.

Largest Welfare Programs: 596thMost Developed: 833rdMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 840thMost Inclusive: 892ndLeast Corrupt Governments: 944thMost Advanced Public Education: 984thHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 987thMost Compassionate Citizens: 993rdMost Pacifist: 997thLongest Average Lifespans: 1,002ndBest Weather: 1,056thNicest Citizens: 1,067thMost Secular: 1,130thMost Beautiful Environments: 1,194thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 1,322ndHealthiest Citizens: 1,470thMost Influential: 1,476thMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 1,526thHighest Average Tax Rates: 1,597thSmartest Citizens: 1,606thTop
Most Subsidized Industry: 1,714thHighest Poor Incomes: 1,773rdLargest Information Technology Sector: 1,832ndSafest: 2,102ndLargest Governments: 2,186thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 2,207thMost Cheerful Citizens: 2,253rdMost Scientifically Advanced: 2,739thLowest Crime Rates: 3,177thLargest Publishing Industry: 3,251stMost Cultured: 4,613thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,622ndMost Efficient Economies: 4,973rdHighest Drug Use: 6,119thHighest Average Incomes: 6,481stNudest: 7,702ndTop
Most Income Equality: 9,427thMost Politically Free: 15,018thMost Extensive Civil Rights: 15,060th
Most World Assembly Endorsements: 7th in the regionTop
Largest Welfare Programs: 14th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 16th in the regionBest Weather: 16th in the regionHighest Drug Use: 17th in the regionLeast Corrupt Governments: 18th in the regionMost Pacifist: 20th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 21st in the regionMost Developed: 21st in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 22nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 22nd in the regionMost Inclusive: 24th in the regionLargest Publishing Industry: 24th in the regionNicest Citizens: 25th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 26th in the regionHighest Workforce Participation Rate: 27th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 28th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 28th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 29th in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 29th in the regionMost Influential: 30th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 32nd in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 32nd in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 35th in the regionMost Cheerful Citizens: 37th in the regionMost Secular: 38th in the regionTop
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 42nd in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 42nd in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 42nd in the regionNudest: 45th in the regionSafest: 46th in the regionLargest Governments: 48th in the regionMost Cultured: 58th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 60th in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 72nd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Vulga, UFO sightings are listed daily in the morning news.
  • : Following new legislation in Vulga, planespotters are emigrating in droves.
  • : Following new legislation in Vulga, banning party poppers has been a real party pooper.
  • : Vulga was endorsed by The Athenian Republic of Free Atlantis.
  • : Following new legislation in Vulga, Eau de Trashcan has become a wildly popular perfume.
  • : Following new legislation in Vulga, noises louder than a whisper have been prohibited by law.
  • : Following new legislation in Vulga, there are six more weeks of winter if a northerner sees her shadow.
  • : Following new legislation in Vulga, former polygamists always seem to have a huge number of visiting cousins.
  • : Following new legislation in Vulga, contrails and thunderous rumbles have returned to the skies above.
  • : Following new legislation in Vulga, hospitals in Vulga are too busy serving the needs of The Communist Bloc to see Vulgans.


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